Re: Latecoere Lt de Vaisseau Paris F-NORD
The photo is likely to have been a shot of the "Lt. de Vaisseaux Paris," the 521, which toured the Caribbean in 1935. A real ugly duckling, but the interior featured a kind of central ballroom fashioned of beautiful wood. Definitely a heavy aircraft, and apparently not hurricane-proof. The aircraft was salvaged from Pensacola Bay and, in refurbished form, effected a transatlantic round trip in 1937. Then, in 1939, Guillaumet and St. Exupery flew it from France to New York as a demonstration of its capability to serve in the North Atlantic. The outbreak of war put an end to those plans. Good article in Wikipedia. Dan Gribbin. https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lat%C3%A9co%C3%A8re_521
From: aerophilately@... on behalf of GreyOldDave decrotty@... [aerophilately]
Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2017 7:02 AM
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Subject: Re: [aerophilately] Re: Latecoere Lt de Vaisseau Paris F-NORD
Some years ago Jay Stotts was judging my exhibit and mentioned that his mother had a photo of a Latecore at a port on the east coast but he didn't know which one. I wondered many times if it was indeed the 521(before wwII) or maybe later one of the larger 631s after the war. Maybe this answers that question.
From: "bluzeman1@... [aerophilately]"
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:47 PM
Subject: [aerophilately] Re: Latecoere Lt de Vaisseau Paris F-NORD
This Laté 521 aircraft made a demonstration tour on this side of the Atlantic, a tour for which covers exist. The aircraft ended up at anchor in Pensacola Bay, but a hurricane blew in and caused it to capsize, ending its airborne life.